Congressman Joe Kennedy III, who currently represents Massachusetts fourth district in the U.S. House of Representatives, officially announced that he will run for a seat in the United States Senate on Saturday. His candidacy challenges incumbent Sen. Edward Markey in the Democratic Primary.
Kennedy made his senatorial announcement at the East Boston Social Center, “where, in 1848, a few steps from where this building is today, [his] father's family first arrived here in this country.”
Kennedy is running on a platform of generational change and unifying Massachusetts and America.
“The way you fight back against a politics of 'you can’t,' a politics of division, a politics that doubts what we can do as a country, is to bring every voice in, lift every voice up,” declared Kennedy.
In his speech, Kennedy criticized Donald Trump and challenged the economic system of the United States before denouncing the country’s immigration laws.
“Our people deserve economic justice, where a hard day’s work means an honest day’s pay!” said Kennedy.
Kennedy, the grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, ended his formal announcement with an acknowledgment of his family’s history of political service.
“You have stood by us in some good times, and through some tough times, so my commitment to you is that I will show up, I will be there for you, that I fight for your voices, for all of our people!” said Kennedy.
He then transitioned into Spanish, tying the beginning and end of his announcement together with the theme of immigration.
Markey, the incumbent in the Democratic primary for the Massachusetts senate seat, is running on a platform that includes aggressively tackling climate change. He co-sponsored the Green New Deal with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“I run every day on the issues that I’ve been fighting for throughout my career and that I’m continuing to fight for right now on the floor of the Senate," said Markey, in a recent speech at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention.
Markey has served in the U.S. Senate since 2013, and before that served in the House of Representatives for 36 years. Kennedy has served in the House since he first ran in 2012.
Both are considered Progressive Democrats.